The preliminaries are over. The real presidential campaign begins.
Possibly as soon as tonight at CNN’s Republican Debate the dominant Republican candidates – Ted Cruz, who dominates in Iowa, and Donald Trump, who has a commanding lead in the national polls – will come shoulder-to-shoulder, face-to-face.
Trump, the “Kid from Queens,” confronts “Texas Ted” Cruz.
Cruz and Trump have so far maintained a nonaggression pact. Cruz and Trump, both winners by nature, are all in to win. Political mortal combat cannot be far behind. Here’s what that looks like right now.
Trump is sounding rattled. Understandable. Cruz quickly has rocketed up to what Newser calls a “dizzying” 10 point lead in Iowa. Trump has plateaued there.
Trump has to react and soon. May already be too late. Reaction is perilous. None of Trump’s other genteel rivals, except for Carly Fiorina, were hard counterpunchers. Cruz, a tough guy, doesn’t flinch. He knows how to land a punch. Just ask the GOP Establishment.
Ralph Benko, internationally published weekly columnist, co-author of The 21st Century Gold Standard, lead co-editor of the Gerald Malsbary translation from Latin to English of Copernicus’s Essay on Money, is American Principles Project’s Senior Advisor, Economics.